Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate

"A gloriously accessible collision of styles." - The Guardian

Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015

Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Boll Theatre, Kennedy Union

This world music project is a true 21st century triumph. 

A collaboration between a rapper/beatboxer/singer-songwriter from Syracuse, NY and an electrifying African kora sensation from Guinea, this is music that pushes genre boundaries and earns raves. Driscoll and Kouyate blend hip-hop, spoken word, funk, and soulful, accessible rock with Afrobeat, reggae and irrepressible African grooves. In both French and English, the musicians take on burning social issues, commenting on poverty, borders, immigration and inequality. According to Driscoll, "We wrote about things that we knew and experienced, things that were important to us." It's a visceral "high-octane" response to life that destined to spark audiences into action.

Sekou Kouyate was raised in a respected and accomplished musical family in Conakry, Guinea. Trained in the ancient traditions of the kora (a 21-string West African lute), Kouyate is sometimes called the ‘Jimi Hendrix of the kora’ because of his intense style of playing with various effects. Kouyate has toured the world over as a member of the Ba Cissoko band, comprised of his cousin and brothers.

Joe Driscoll, whom Cee-Lo Green labelled "the gangsta with an iron lung," has been touring steadily for years, spreading a unique fusion of folk and hip-hop. The modern day take on the one man band, Driscoll (who now lives in Bristol, England) uses live looping to create soundscapes full of beatbox, guitar, harmonica, percussion, harmonica, and just about anything else he can make use of.

Joe Driscoll and Sekou KouyateSelect the image at right to view a video of Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate in performance.